TOO HOT TO HANDLE (Romancing the Clarksons #1)

TOO HOT TO HANDLE                                     TESSA BAILEY

When rescue looks like a whole lot of trouble . . .

The road trip was definitely a bad idea. Having already flambéed her culinary career beyond recognition, Rita Clarkson is now stranded in God-Knows-Where, New Mexico, with a busted-ass car and her three temperamental siblings, who she hasn't seen in years. When rescue shows up---six-feet-plus of hot, charming sex on a motorcycle---Rita's pretty certain she's gone from the frying pan right into the fire . . .

Jasper Ellis has a bad boy reputation in this town, and he loathes it. The moment he sees Rita, though, Jasper knows he's about to be sorely tempted. There's something real between them. Something raw. And Jasper has only a few days to show Rita that he isn't just for tonight---he's forever.


Rita Clarkson is the daughter of a famous chief and after being kicked off a cooking show due to actions she felt another chief did to her oven (cheating) on the internet it makes her the one that looks guilty. Now her confidence in shambles the restaurant that her mother started has burned down on her watch. That is just the topper. Saving her mother’s diary she decides to show her siblings when they show up to offer their support for her. Now the four of them have decided to take a road trip together and only make it as far as New Mexico when they have car trouble. It is there that they met a man on a Harley, his name is Jasper Ellis and it turns out that he is working on re doing his life as well. He is taken by Rita when he comes upon them on the side of the road and gives her a ride back into town to get a tow truck. This is where the story really takes off as the siblings begin to work out all of the issues of the past and now she must overcome her fears of cooking, and being surprised that someone is attracted to her. Rita is always waiting for the other shoe to drop and for once it is the female who says all of the wrong things. A fun, and at times serious story of working through fears and seeing that sometimes you have to get out of your own way. I got this book from netgalley. I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at

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